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May 29, 2007

CCNY TRACK & FIELD STARS SHINE AT NCAA DIV. III CHAMPIONSHIPS

NEW YORK, May 29, 2007 -- The City College of New York (CCNY) women’s team clocked an NCAA season-best time of 46.32 seconds to win the 4x100m relay, en route to a third place overall finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh, Wis., last weekend. 

Graduating senior Mechelle Barnwell, senior Alecia Watson and sophomores Jodyann Raymond and Sharnalee Stewart took first place in the relay while recording the fastest time ever at Titan Stadium’s J.J. Keller Field.

CCNY were the defending national champions over the distance, having set the Div. III record of 45.98 seconds at last year’s championships in Lisle, Ill.

Overall, the Beavers captured two national titles and were runners-up in two other events.  In addition, all four CCNY competitors received All-American honors.

CCNY garnered 43 points and finished third behind winner Wisconsin Oshkosh (57 points) and Calvin College (44.5 points). A total of 67 teams participated in the three-day event.

 Ms. Watson, the defending champion in the triple jump, claimed CCNY’s other gold medal with a leap of 39’ – 10 3/4 (12.16m) in the event. The mark was also a new J.J. Keller Field record. 

A 2008 Olympic Games prospect for her native Jamaica, Ms. Watson placed second in the long jump with her 19-foot effort. The Bronx resident and 22-time All-American was representing CCNY for the last time.

Ms. Barnwell, also in her last hurrah for the Beavers before she graduates on June 1, won silver in the 100m dash with a time of 12.43 seconds.

The Brooklyn resident ended her CCNY athletic career with 14 All-American honors and in strong contention to make Guyana’s Olympic squad for the Shanghai Games next summer.    

Said CCNY women’s coach Kirk Roberts: “The ladies performed wonderfully and I’m very proud of them. Once again, they’ve upheld City College’s reputation as one of the elite track and field programs in the nation.”  

Last March, a CCNY women’s team comprising Ms. Barnwell, Ms. Watson and Ms. Raymond placed second overall to Williams College in the 2007 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Terra Haute, Ind. 

The trio earned All-American honors, with Ms. Watson winning two gold medals and Ms. Barnwell one.

For complete results from the NCAA Championships visit the University of Wisconsin web site: http://www.titans.uwosh.edu/NCAATFChampionships/2007/index.html

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